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TN Firms should make long-term Plans for Defence Manufacture

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Companies in Tamil Nadu should plan ‘futuristically’ on meeting Defence demand. “We need to create more opportunity for companies here in increasing supply to the three services,” said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Tamil Nadu has a number of companies supplying critical components and service parts to the Defence. They should plan for the next 50 years and collectively work with the three Services (Air Force, Army, and Navy), she said at an interaction with members of the CII.

If required, companies from the state can meet experts from the three services to understand Defence needs for the next 50 years, she said.

Tamil Nadu has a great potential in the industry sector. However, it is important that there are no hurdles for industries, and measures should be taken to remove hurdles if any. “We should plan for the next 50 years in capacity building,” she said.

To a query on the possibility of replicating the Avadi cluster of Defence in other parts of Tamil Nadu, Sitharaman later told media that on November 17, 2018, evening, Tamil Nadu Industry minister, MC Sampath, had in a meeting mooted the idea of creating aerospace and defence parks in Salem. “I have told officials of CII and other leading industry associations in the state to hold talks with the Tamil Nadu government on this and give a plan. The Centre will definitely help,” she said.

Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas soon be enhanced with advanced capabilities

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In the face of the Air Force raising questions about the capability of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the government is now aiming to install capability enhancements and speed up the rate of production.

“The production of Tejas Mk-1A will begin in 2019. Most of the 43 improvements have already been made and the tender process to install an Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and Self-Protection Jammer is under way. A refueling probe would also be added to increase range,” a source said.

While the design cannot be changed and endurance improved as it is powered by the GE-404 engine, the enhancements will increase the capability of the aircraft, the source said. The IAF had told the government that Tejas did not meet its requirements. IAF was in the process of issuing a tender for the procurement of 100 jets through the Strategic partnership mode, for which the contenders were Lockheed F-16 and SAAB Gripen. Lockheed had tied up with TATA Group and SAAB with the Adani group to build them locally if selected.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was undertaking the enhancements and was in the process of setting up another assembly line at a cost of ₹130 crore to increase production rate from the present eight to 16. The second line would be ready by 2019 when Mk-1A began production, the source stated.

Source: India Defence News

ISRO is Gearing up for Interplanetary Mission

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process to build reusable launch vehicles and is working on new technologies for interplanetary missions.

ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar while delivering an inaugural talk at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) on Wednesday, said, “We are also on the lookout for equipping with capabilities to carry objects in multiple launches than single launches. We want to reduce cost of access and hence are building reusable launch vehicles.”

PRL has organised a three-day brainstorming session on ‘Vision and Explorations for Planetary Sciences in Decades 2020-2060’.

The event is aimed at providing a forum for planetary researchers and academicians to explore, discuss and present the latest trends, promote understanding and exchange results and opinions in the area of planetary sciences and explorations.

Speaking about the need of the hour, Kumar said, “We need to develop capabilities by solving problems going into deep space also. We need to remain relevant and need to solve issues differently. The world is changing very fast and private entrepreneurs are entering the segment.”

Speaking about future of Mars exploration, he said, “The next step would be to search for signs of life and investigate resources that could support human habitation.”

There are many newer institutions which are setting up an astronomy department in their institutes. One of the IITs have roped in NASA scientists for the astronomy department.

Questioning the audience whether any of them are a part of the event at PRL, he said, “The linkage within our country is not good. We need to also work on linkages.”

Source: Defence News

ISRO and MSMEs partnership to double satellite launches

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to increase partnership with the industry including the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to meet the rising demands of satellites.

The space agency has worked jointly with around 500 MSMEs and transferred about 300 technologies to Indian industries for commercialization.

Mylswamy Annadurai, the director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) said that ISRO had been targeting to double the launch frequency to 18 per year from 2018-19 because of high requirements.

Annadurai said that the experience with the industry had been very good and vendors were very enthusiastic working with the space programme.

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the space agency does as much activity as possible with the industry and had also been looking at the possibility of building a PSLV in a joint venture with a set of industry partners by 2020-21.

Kiran said 80 per cent of work relating to launch vehicles (rockets) is done by the industry, whose contribution to the building of satellites is in the range of 30 to 35 per cent. The chairman said that the goal is to outsource around 90 percent of the work to the industry.

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